Women’s Soccer Faces Adversity

Peyton Williams, Sports Writer • pcwilliams16@ehc.edu

The Emory & Henry College Women’s Soccer Team competed in a pair of Old Dominion Athletic Conference matches this past week.

This past Wednesday, the Wasps hosted the Hornets of Lynchburg College. The Hornets entered Fred Selfe Stadium ranked 22nd in the country. The Hornets dominated all night long, defeating E&H by a final score of 5-0.

Lynchburg opened the scoring just under eight minutes into the match and never looked back. At the halftime break, the Hornets were up 3-0 before adding two more goals in the second half.

On what was a night full of offensive struggles, senior April Yopp led the Wasps with two shots. Junior Gillian Hogg added an attempt herself. Senior goalkeeper Kayla Wright played the majority of the match between the pipes, tallying five saves.

Following the home loss to Lynchburg, the Wasps then traveled to eastern Virginia to take on the Marlins of Virginia Wesleyan University. The Wasps struggled again Saturday, falling to the Marlins 4-0.

Virginia Wesleyan got on the board early, just 18 minutes into the match. The Wasps struggles continued offensively, just putting up two shots during the contest.

Sophomore forward Ashley Love tallied the Wasps’ only shot on target while junior Robbi Rodemann added another shot. Senior goalkeeper Kayla Wright played the full game in goal, making seven saves.

The two losses this past week for the Wasps dangerously minimizes the chances of any postseason hopes the Wasps may have. The losses drop the Wasps’ record to 4-10-1, 3-4-1 in the ODAC.

When asked about the team’s play this past week, standout freshman Skylar Wall stated “going into Lynchburg, we knew that they were a good team” but went on to say that the team had a positive mindset. Wall described how the Wasps played hard and made the Hornets earn every goal they scored. When asked about the Virginia Wesleyan game, Wall was not as positive. She said the team “came out very slow and made a lot of mistakes. The level of play would be high one second but then drop down.”

As the season is coming to an end, it is vital that the Wasps make the most of their last two games. In order to have a chance of making the ODAC tournament, the Wasps cannot lose. They must win or draw both of their next games.

The Wasps remain on the road Wednesday, October 25 as they travel to face the Generals of Washington and Lee University. Kickoff is set for 4:00 p.m.

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